What to Expect

When you walk in the door you will be met by honest, authentic people just like yourself. We’re all on different journeys, but we seek to follow Jesus together. We follow a service structure that invites a lot of participation in prayers, songs and responses, but all the words and instructions are provided on a screen for you to follow along. We’re glad to have you join us, and we hope that you will feel at home.

For Families with Children

Children are welcomed and included in most of the service. You may even see children and young people serving in various roles during the service. After the initial songs of praise, we pray for the children our children’s church leaders and dismiss them to children’s church. They return to the service during the Peace, so families can receive the Eucharist together. For more on our children’s program see Children’s Ministry.

A Word on Anglican Worship

Anglican worship, or liturgy, differs from other traditions in that it has a regular structure and rhythm and carries an expectation of participation from the congregation. In fact, “liturgy” itself means “work of the people.”

During the service you will see people standing, sitting, singing, bowing, praying, and responding to the priest. Some people choose to make the sign of the cross at certain times in the service while others may bow as a cross passes by or when approaching the altar. These movements may seem like much work, and indeed they are.  These movements are expressions of personal piety and of prayer as we worship Jesus with all our heart, mind, soul, and bodies. If this is new to you, please feel free to participate as you are comfortable.

In general, Anglicans tend to:

• Stand when singing, hearing the Gospel, and reciting the Creed.
• Sit or kneel during times of prayer.
• Sit for most other parts of the service (such as listening to the sermon, readings, and so on).

An excellent video on the how’s and why’s of liturgical worship can be seen here.

Ministry of the Word

Each week our service begins with music followed by Bible readings. We usually read together an Old Testament reading, Psalm, a New Testament reading, and a Gospel reading. These follow a pattern of regular Scripture reading, known as the Lectionary.

Following the lessons, we sit to hear teaching on the Scripture. Then as a congregation, we respond to the Word of God proclaimed in the readings and teaching by affirming our faith using an ancient Creed of the church. It’s as if the sermon asks, “Do you believe?” In the reciting of the Creed, we answer, “I believe.”

Following the Creed we are invited into a time of corporate prayer, confession of sin, and sharing of the Peace of Christ with each other.

Ministry of the Eucharist

The Eucharist (Holy Communion) is offered each Sunday. All baptized Christians are welcomed to receive the Sacrament (bread and wine), including children, regardless of denominational background. The priest will give instructions to guide the congregation on receiving the Eucharist. Anyone not wishing to receive the Eucharist is welcome to come forward to receive a prayer of blessing from the priest instead.

During the Eucharist, a team is available to pray privately for any needs.

Questions?

We know what it’s like to experience a liturgical service for the first time, so we know you might have questions about what we do and why we do it. Please ask!